What are the best XM radio stations?

The video hasn’t completely killed the radio star. It still remains to be one of the most accessible forms of entertainment to this day with the rise of streaming. These stations are some of the most worthwhile shows on the airwaves right now while the radio still kicks. 

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    #1NPR Now

    NPR Now

    With more than 26 million American listeners, NPR noncommercial news, talk, and entertainment programs consist of national and local content. Marty Moss-Coane, Terry Gross, Jesse Thorn, Talia Schlanger are only some of the station hosts.


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    Hemant Trivedi
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "When work gets too crazy in the office, I entertain myself by putting NPR Now on. It has always been the best xm stations for me. 🤘"
  2. 11

    #2Hits 1

    Hits 1

    Hits1 can be accessed on channel 2 of SiriusXM. It features the current top 40 pop hits every day. The station is responsible for segments such as The Morning Mash Up, Hits 1 in Hollywood, The Weekend Countdown with Spyder Harrison, and more.


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    Justin Tran
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "You won't always get the time to create the perfect playlist that's why my friends and I turn to Hits 1 on long road trips so we can listen to the best jams via the best xm station rap and pop. LIT JAMZ ON THE DAILY 💯💯💯"
  3. 8

    #3Classic Vinyl

    Classic Vinyl

    The station was founded in 2000. It is known for playing classic rock music from the '60s and the '70s featuring artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, etc. The studio is located at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.


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    Frank Cole
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "My grandpa died about a year ago and listening to Classic Vinyl brings back so much memories... This was the best siruis xm music channels for him. My love for my gramps and classic rock will never die 🤘😢❤ Rock on, pops."
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    #4Alt Nation

    Alt Nation

    The focus genre of the station leans on indie and alternative music such as the likes of Cage The Elephant, Vampire Weekend, CHVRCHES, etc. Every Saturday, the station has a segment called the Alt-18 Most Requested Countdown.


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    Harry Walker
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "When I don't have the dough for Spotify Premium, I turn on my trusty Alt Nation (paid for by my older brother) and get my indie dose here. I'm a college student so it's super important for me save LOL, but the station is seriously my fav alternative 👌🤙 "
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    Listeners are more likely to hear music from artists like Papa Roach, KoRn, Breaking Benjamin, etc. on the station as they feature high-powered music that leans toward hardcore rock. The station has been on the airwaves since 2002.


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    Stephanie Boyd
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "REAL rock enthusiasts know that this station is our saving grace. Hardcore Octane fan here!! "
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    #6The Howard Stern Show

    The Howard Stern Show

    Host and namesake Howard Allan Stern along with co-host Robin Quivers heads the American talk radio show that features celebrity interviews and various music performances. The show has been airing daily since its establishment in 1986.


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    Lisa Kelly
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "the BEST xm talk radio stations... other channels just get so BORING. I'm a big fan of comedy and music the HS show gives me what I need no frills and fuss... "
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    #7Classic Rewind

    Classic Rewind

    The station has been featuring the second generation of classic rock otherwise known as the cassette era of the '70s and '80s upon its foundation on 2006. Artists like Aerosmith, AC/DC, and the Police are often featured in the channel.


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    Rodolfo Blanco
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "I'm pretty sure I was born in the wrong generation because I wish these musicians are active in our time 😤 It's definitely a good break from all the Cardi B crap we hear on the daily "
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    #8The Pulse

    The Pulse

    2000's and the pop hits of today from artists like Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay, and P!nk, etc., are played by the station founded in 2001. There are different segments in the channel hosted by Pat Monahan, Ron Ross, Kim Ashley, and more. 


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    Louis Arnold
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "the BEST xm radio stations hiphop enthusiasts like me and the majority of my highschool will agree!! "


Best What are the best XM radio stations
1NPR NowOther 18 Paid
2Hits 1Other 11 Paid
3Classic VinylOther 8 Paid
4Alt NationOther 3 Paid
5OctaneOther 2 Paid
6The Howard Stern ShowOther 1 Paid
7Classic RewindOther 1 Paid
8The PulseOther 1 Paid

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